a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
See, this is what we should have been doing while we’ve been sheltering in place — rearranging, revamping, renovating those sheltering places to make them more hygge. Instead of going stir crazy or spending endless hours playing with our phones, we should have been relocating and repurposing furniture and re-allocating space to make that medium-slow* make-shift, stuck-off-in-a-corner “home office” into a decent workspace, or rethinking and reconfiguring the furniture in the den so you can watch the big-screen TV without that distracting window reflection on the screen and without having to go to the chiropractor to get your neck readjusted after you decided to binge watch all the Harry Potter movies (and hitting up Amazon for a couple of flat-pack end-tables so you have a place to put the the snackies, the drinkies, and an organizer for the umpteen remotes that keep sliding off onto the floor and getting kicked under the couch.) (Oh, and sofa cushions and a warm microfleece lap robe . . . ) It’s time to up our snuggle game, people!
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I have a friend who picked hygge as her word of the year a couple of years ago. That was the first time I’d heard the word, or heard of the concept. You’re lucky — you’ve had some hygge weather already. We got a taste, but it’s way too soon for cozy and cuddling — although I have pulled out some jeans and located a couple of sweatshirts.